New Scholarship Fund Opened for Gladwin High School Students

Students graduating from Gladwin High School have a new source of scholarship funds they are able to apply for. The Donald and Grace Irene Lyons Scholarship Fund, held at the Midland Area Community Foundation, was recently established to provide an annual scholarship award to a Gladwin High School senior or graduate.

Two scholarships of $6,500 each will be awarded annually to students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and other factors such as extra-curricular involvement, work experience, community involvement and overcoming personal challenges. Students or graduates who wish to apply may contact the community foundation at 989.839.9661 or online at

Applications are open beginning February 1st and will be accepted until March 1st, 2013. Students may also apply for up to four additional scholarships (if qualified) through the community foundation, and can be granted a maximum of two.

Donald and Irene lived and worked in Gladwin together after they were married in 1947. Grace worked at the A&P store, while Donald served at the United States Postal Service for 25 years before retiring. They were quiet and conscientious, regularly encouraging others who crossed their paths.

In their estate planning, they desired first and foremost to help others. Their wish was to help students whose financial circumstances might prevent them from achieving their goals. Establishing a scholarship fund through the community foundation reflects their quiet generosity and belief in helping others achieve success.